'The Jeremy Kyle Show' to be examined in new Channel 4 programme

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Channel 4 has announced a new series on The Jeremy Kyle Show. (ITV)
Channel 4 has announced a new series looking back at The Jeremy Kyle Show. (ITV)

Channel 4 will look back on The Jeremy Kyle Show for a new series. 

The broadcaster said the new programme “aims to tell the wider story of The Jeremy Kyle Show, exploring the impact it had on British culture and the lives of those who appeared on it”.

The ITV show was cancelled in 2019 amid scrutiny of the duty of care that reality TV shows and broadcasters have to participants and following the death of guest Steve Dymond.

It had previously been a regular daytime fixture since 2005. 

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The new show comes from the makers of Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain.

Channel 4’s senior commissioning editor of factual Alisa Pomeroy said: “These award-winning programme-makers will undoubtedly explore some incredibly important issues raised by the making of these type of programmes.

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“The film will also seek to explain why they had such mass appeal and generated a huge amount of social comment, which still continues today.”

Executive producer Graeme McAulay said: “We’re hoping this series will contribute to a greater public understanding of the impact and complexities involved in programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show and explore why it continues to divide opinion.”

At a preliminary inquest hearing last year, coroner Jason Pegg said Kyle “may have caused or contributed” to the death of Mr Dymond, who is suspected to have taken his own life after failing a lie detector test on the show in 2019.

ITV axed The Jeremy Kyle Show in 2019. (PA)
ITV axed The Jeremy Kyle Show in 2019. (PA)

Dame Carolyn McCall, chief executive of ITV, said earlier this year that she did not know of any plans to bring Kyle back to the channel.

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ITV recently unveiled refreshed duty-of-care protocols for Love Island contestants, including a minimum of eight therapy sessions on their return home.

With additional reporting by PA.

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